Deer Valley Resort Area Chocolate Snowball
12 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped in 1/2-inch pieces
1 cup strong coffee, hot
1 cup granulated sugar
3/4 pound (3 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
6 eggs, lightly beaten
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a medium (5 or 6 cup, or about
8-inches diameter) stainless steel bowl with aluminum foil so the
foil overlaps the bowl by 3 to 4 inches.
Put the chocolate pieces in a saucepan. Pour the hot coffee over it,
which will melt some of the chocolate. Place over medium-low heat;
add the sugar and stir with a wire whisk to dissolve the sugar and
any unmelted chocolate. Add the butter gradually, a dollop at a
time, whisking until the butter is incorporated before adding the
next dollop. This should take about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
Slowly whisk the beaten eggs into the chocolate mixture. Pour
through a strainer into the foil lied bowl to eliminate any firm
bits of egg. Bake 50 to 55 minutes, until the batter rises and a
cracked top crust forms. The mixture will still jiggle, like molded
gelatin. Resist the urge to bake it al little more; the butter and
chocolate firm up when chilled.
Let the cake cool. Fold the overlapping foil over the top and
refrigerate at least 8 hours, keeping the cake in the bowl. It will
keep up to a week if refrigerated and well-wrapped in plastic wrap.
The cake can also be frozen for up to a month; thaw in the
refrigerator before frosting.
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pull the overlapping foil away from the cake; it will have fallen in
the center. Press the edges down to make what will be the bottom of
the cake even, or cut the edges off with a knife (save for
snacking.) Place a flat plate or cardboard circle over the bowl,
invert, and gently remove the rest of the foil.
Whip the cream with the sugar and vanilla until the cream comes to
soft peaks that hold their shape. Put the cream in a pastry bag
fitted with a large star tip; pipe stars all over the cake. You can
decorate the cake with edible flowers if you wish. If you aren't
going to serve it immediately you might consider using a pastry
cream, to keep the whipped cream from separating and running later.
Source: Deer Valley Resort Area - Deer Valley, Utah